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Gambia’s ex-civil service chief becomes petroleum director

A former chief of staff and civil service head of the Gambia’s ex-government has been appointed the Director of the state-owned oil company.

Mambury Njie is now the director of the Gambia National Petroleum Corporation making a comeback into public service five years after his abrupt removal.

The petroleum company was the subject of a probe that saw more than nine officials, including an ex-minister arrested by Gambian authorities.

Baboucarr Njie [no relations], a former banker was designated by President Yahya Jammeh in July last year to oversee the national oil corporation and the country’s energy and oil ministry amid a corruption scandal.

According to Bloomberg, the company’s profit before taxation was GMD 110 million ([$2.75 million] in 2013, showing a 128 percent decrease as compared to the profit of GMD 287 million [$7.16 million] in 2012.

The GNPC presently operate 7 petroleum stations in Banjul, Brikama Town, Bijilo, Farafenni in the North Bank, Basse Santa Su in the Upper River Region, and Soma.

Mambury Njie was subjected to arrest and prolonged detention by Jammeh’s regime following his opposition to the killing of nine inmates in 2012.

He was among the few in Jammeh’s inner circle that advised the ex-ruler against what sparked an international outcry and shined the spotlight on Jammeh’s human rights abuses.

Njie worked as Mr. Jammeh’s permanent secretary, secretary general and head of civil service, minister of finance and economic affairs, minister of petroleum and mineral resources, minister of higher education and minister of trade and senior advisor on economic affairs and energy.

He also served as the country’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan and the Philippines and Chairman of Sky Bank Gambia.

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